Coniston by Winston Churchill (American Author)-1906

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  • Sold Date: Apr 03,2011
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You are bidding on a book titled "Coniston" written by Winston Churchill. Published by The MacMillan Company in 1906. The book has a burgandy hardback cover with a gold border and gold lettering of the title and author's name on the front cover. The spine has gold lettering of the title, author's name, and the publisher's name. The back cover has no designs or lettering. The top of all pages have a gold edge. The book measures 7 3/4 inches tall by 5 2/8 inches wide with 543 pages of text, including the title page, a two page "Contents" section, a two page "List of Illustrations," all at the front of the book, and a three page "Afterword" section at the back of the book.. The book contains thirty full page black and white illustrations by Florence Scovel Shinn. Also, there are two pages at the back of the book with advertisements of some of the author's other books. The author of the book is Winston Churchill, an American author known primarily for historical novels (born 1871 in St. Louis, died in 1947), not to be confused with the British statesman of the same name. Churchill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1894 and having private means, he soon devoted himself to writing. His first novel, "The Celebrity", was published in 1898. His next, "Richard Carvel" (1899) was a novel of the Revolutionary War set in Maryland in which the hero serves as a naval officer under John Paul Jones, sold nearly 1 million copies. Then followed another great success, "The Crisis" (1901), a novel of the American Civil War, in which the heroine is a descendant of Richard Carvel, and "The Crossing" (1904), which tells of Kentucky pioneers during the American Revolution. These tales of America's past were Churchill's most popular works. His later work consisted primarily of novels dealing with political, religious, or social problems. In 1899 he moved to New Hampshire, where he lived for almost 50 years. From 1903 to 1905 he served in the state legislature and in 1912 was a Progressive candidate for governor. This book, "Coniston" (published in 1906), is the story of New Hampshire politics during the era of progressive reform, includes colorful politicans and corruption.

The outside appearance of this book is very good, with a couple of areas of lightness on the gold border. The extreme top and bottom of the spine is showing minor wear and is about to begin to fray. Both of the two corners on the front cover of the book look good, and the two corners of the back cover are beginning to show minor wear. All edges look good. A previous owner has inserted a label with their name, address and book number attached to the front inside cover. The binding of this book in both the front and back is very solid and in good condition, with all pages intact and in place. There are a few small stains in different places in the book but nothing major. There is discoloration/fading of the very first front inside page. There is also a small hole (approximately half way up the page) that goes from page 13 to page 18. Overall, the condition of this book is very good, especially since it is over 100 years old.

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